‘Without a doubt’: Alan Shearer thinks £12m Newcastle man is England’s best player in his position
Newcastle United’s start to the season has exceeded even the most optimistic Geordie’s expectations.
The footballing world is set to shift its focus to Qatar from next week as top-flight domestic football is paused for a month.
All eyes will be on Gareth Southgate when he announces his final 26-man England squad tomorrow.
One player who is set to be included is full-back Kieran Trippier.
Trippier has been one of Newcastle’s best signings in years, and has helped transform the club’s performances.
The Magpies currently have the best defensive record in the Premier League, and have kept six clean sheets.
Trippier is so much more than just a defender though.
He possesses a wicked set piece delivery and is a leader for Newcastle on and off the pitch.
Shearer has now said that Trippier is England’s best defender, and on current form it’s hard to disagree.
Trippier is England’s best defender – Shearer
Shearer was asked about who has would have in his starting XI in Qatar, to which he replied: “Without a doubt I’d have Trippier in my defence, because I think he’s England’s best defender in those positions.
“I know Gareth (Southgate) had him left-back, he started the Euros with him there.
“But I would without doubt have him in my team.”
A month ago, the £12m defender’s versatility may have been the reason he was included in Southgate’s squad.
Garth Crooks believes that Trippier is currently ‘playing the football of his life’, which will be music to Southgate’s ears.
He was ‘absolutely brilliant’ against Southampton according to Alan Smith, but did hold his hamstring at one point.
Howe has confirmed that Trippier is fine, much to the relief of Newcastle and England fans.
Trippier could well be England’s best defender right now, he just needs to get through two more matches unscathed before heading to Qatar.
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